Lift ban on omena, government asked
KAKAMEGA Thursday, April 07, 2011
By Chris Mahandara.
Fishermen in Bunyala District of Busia County have appealed to the government to lift the ban on fishing of omena.
They said fish was a major economic activity in the area adding that following months of a dry spell they had nothing else to live on.
Speaking to KNA, Siaya County Council Chairman Aggrey Onyango asked police officers to stop harassing fishermen but give them time to look for alternative sources of income.
The annual ban on fishing of omena normally lasts from April to August to allow breeding of the omena.
Mr. Onyango said the ban would worsen food security in the area following the prolonged drought that affected all the districts in the lake region.
He added that it was unfair to deny Kenyan fishermen the opportunity yet their counterparts in Uganda continue to fish omena uninterrupted.
He appealed to the Kenyan government to consult with the Ugandan government over the issue.